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[ anouncer ] compare new griddle melts yourself. just $4.99. it's an epic breakfast sandwich. the weather you might expect today. take a look at the left-hand side of your screen. that might be what is headed your way. those are live pictures and thank you to the folks driving in that car from our affiliate knbc in kansas city, missouri, right now. obviously, just a ton of snow on the road and, you know, maybe having a bit of issue with visibility, as well. but more of that heavy, heavy snow is expected across the midwest today and i want to bring in cnn weather center meteorologist karen maginnis, as we look at this, karen, i wonder if this will dissipate at all as it moves east. or people watching this right now and they're in the path and saying, okay, this is what is coming for sure. >> we did see this in colorado yesterday. we were looking at 8, 9, 10, 11
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inches of snowfall. it is higher than that. this is typical for today. we'll see in this four to eight or three to six inch range. and those roads are going to be very slippery. they're saying near kansas city that they are seeing lots of cars sliding off the roads there. we're seeing number of reports that the roads are very, very slick. kansas city, five to seven. poor visibility. drive carefully, if you will. but as the system moves further to the east, yeah, if you go to the aplatchens, the alleghenies, the poconos, you get elevation and you'll see more significant snowfall there. the track of the storm. area of low pressure moves across the ohio river valley and then moves towards the mid-atlantic. christi for washington, d.c., and new york, this is just a blip. for other folks further west, a little more significant than that. stay careful today. >> thank you so much. just a quick shoutout to new jersey powerball players.
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one ticket out there won the $338 million jackpot. one ticket winning number 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and 31. and congratulations to whoever is waking up holding that thing this morning. you're having a good morning. i'll see you back here at the top of the hour, 8:00. first, "dr. sanjay gupta md" begins right now. hello, everyone. thank you for joining us. 12 years ago supermodel niki taylor was brought to the hospital that i work in critical condition after a car accident. she is bringing a message that she wants to share right here. also, i want to talk about knees today. your knees, how to keep them in prime condition as you get older. children and dangerous products in the home. i will reveal the biggest dangers. let's get started.
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first, though, ten years since the start of the iraq war. i had the chance to visit some of the people that i met during the fighting. at the time i was reporting from a dusty desert medical tent just south of baghdad. doctors huddled over a 24-year-old marine. he was shot and had shrapnel in his brain, as it happens, i was the only neuro surgeon in the area and i was asked to help and didn't hesitate. jesus was fortunate, he made it, but i recently paid a visit to see what happened after the chaos was over. with his jaw set, he smiles with pride. he is a marine, ready for battle. he has no clue that a single bullet will soon dramatically change his life. >> you miss it. >> i do miss it. strike people as ironic given that you were shot in the head.
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>> it was probably best chances of my life. i don't regret being in it. >> you still keep the helmet? >> yeah, it's right here. it's the entry wound. >> you can tell how much, how much bigger the opening is when it got through the helmet. >> it's been so long. it's been ten years, almost ten years. next month it will be ten years. >> april 8th. >> on that day, in 2003, bombs and bullets rain down on across baghdad. his unit was on patrol when snipers began firing. one moment he was yelling orders from commanders and the next he fell silent, a single bullet had pierced his helmet. just south of baghdad, i was embed would the surgical unit where he would eventually be transported. less than an hour after being
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shot, he had already been declared dead, twice. but by the time he got to us, he had a faint pulse. there were no neuro surgeons in the unit. i was asked to operate. i didn't hesitate. >> you're alive and that's what people always say. you survived when people have thought maybe you wouldn't. but how are you doing? >> i don't know. i guess i could always, always wish things were better. >> since returning from iraq, he has suffered with side effects, seizures, major fatigue, depression. >> i have felt like it would have been better had i not lived because every day is a struggle with the depression. depression just comes. unexpectedly and with a fury. >> what does that mean? >> i just feel like i need to get away from everything.
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i just want to crawl into some cave and just shut myself off from the world. >> that metphorical cave, that darkness is common among returning veterans. about one in five iraq and afghanistan war vets return with post-traumatic stress disorder, or major depression. just last year, the army had a record number of suicides among its personnel. >> you know, one thing you said to me in the past is that you wish that you hadn't survived. >> yeah. >> that was hard to hear. >> yeah. >> you still feel that way? >> no, i think at the time i was really depressed and the world seemed really bleak. i'm fully aware that i struggle at times. but i feel like that's not a reason to stop living. >> you see light at the end of the tunnel now? things are brighter for you? >> yeah, things are brighter.
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>> so bright, that hints of the old jesus, the one from before the war, sometimes emerge. would you go back into the war zone? you were shot. >> yeah. >> all the things that we talk about the worst case scenarios, you experienced a lot of those. >> yeah. >> you'd still go back? >> i think i would. >> i think i would. that's what he said there. you can see the human cost of fighting, but also the resilience. still ahead, another sort of survivor. supermodel niki taylor, here to talk about the car crash that almost killed her and a new project of hers. we'll be right back. ♪ and where does it begin? ♪ it begins with your skin. venus embrace. every five-bladed stroke gives you 360 degrees of smooth
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supermodel niki taylor is much more than a pretty face. you know an accident 12 years ago changed her world. it changed everything she took for granted. today she's living proof that
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simple acts of kindness can save a life. the world first met supermodel niki taylor when she was a kid. she began modeling at age 14 and graced the cover of more than 300 magazines. this story isn't just about international stardom. taylor is proof that life can change in an instant. >> two cars involved. >> a night out with friends. >> hit the telephone pole. >> taylor was in the passenger seat. >> niki taylor was involved in a single car accident. >> her spine was damaged. >> she suffered injuries. >> reporter: her liver torn in half. her heart stopped beating on the operating table twice. she lost nearly 80% of her blood.
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in less than 4 hours taylor received more than a hundred life-saving blood transfusions. despite months in icu and being given a 1 in 10 chance of sur is vooifl, taylor beat the odds. every day, this mother of four said she thinks about the blood donors who rolled up their sleeves to give her a second chance at life. >> it's incredible to watch that and obviously to see you in person looking so healthy. so obviously alive. 12 years ago now. >> yeah. >> does it feel like 12 years ago? >> yeah. it does. i'm glad i'm on this side of it. let's put it that way. >> are you feeling well? do we have lingering effects from all of that? >> nothing. amazing. >> pain? >> no. no pain. >> three months or so in the hospital. >> yes. >> because of infection precautions you couldn't see your sons. they were 6 at the time. >> they don't let anybody under
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10 in the icu unit. so it was three months. but my mom was so amazing. >> they put pictures. i had tubes in my lungs and coming out of me. so i really couldn't move. but they put pictures on my ceiling of them. >> when you finally went to a rehab facility and eventually were allowed to leave was there something that surprised you in terms of the challenges after that? was it more emotional? more physical? >> i was just amazed how the body heals itself. for the liver to regenerate itself. i learned a lot and educated myself a lot. the human body is just amazing. if it weren't for the blood i wouldn't be here. if it weren't for those donors i wouldn't be here. over a hundred units. >> over 300 donors. that's part of the reason you're back now.
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>> it is. >> what do you say? >> oh, my gosh. >> they gave you a chance at life. >> i can want wait to hug and kiss them and just look in their eyes. i have always wanted to know what their personalities are like, too. i'm serious. i pray for them and i think about them a lot. >> how big a problem is it? obviously enough people aren't donating blood. what's the shortfall? >> i don't think people are thinking about it. world blood donor day is in june. it's the summer. so people's schedules are busy. they're not thinking about going and giving blood. it's a generational thing. my mom is part of the gallon club. my dad. their parents before. it's almost missed a generation. i think we need to talk about it more. we need to make it a family group thing. you never know when your life can change in a matter of
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minutes. seconds. you are going to need blood. >> the numbers have dropped off in terms of people giving blood. they get to see you now. see you on television, doing well, not in pain, healthy. >> i think most people are scared. oh, that's a needle. you're taking blood from me. it's not scary at all. it's just a pinch. i have been on a dozen blood drives. you have the best technicians. they find a vein. they bring you cookies, milk, a warm blanket. it's comfortable and easy to do. >> they're good, too. it's not easy. >> no. >> a hundred transfusions. i'm glad you're doing well. it's a good thing. thank the donors.
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>> it is. >> this will do a lot to keep donations up in this country. thanks for joining us. >> i can't wait. thanks for having me. >> you're welcome. coming up, new ways to know if your knees are injury-prone and what you can do about it. stay with us. >> looking good. >> we are putting this device on sanjay. we measure the heart rate and physiology. >> i'm dr. gupta. this weekend on "the next list" how wireless health care could change your life. >> it's a more sophisticated way to assess somebody's fitness real time and allow them to create a plan around their fitness. >> everything's getting more precise which can help you elongate your career or make it the best it can be. >> i'm continually interested and fascinated by how much
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athletes, patients, everybody wants their own data. >> meet dr. leslie saxon. this sunday on the next list. with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem, that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce the risk of an afib-related stroke. there is limited data on how these drugs compare when warfarin is well managed. no routine blood monitoring means bob can spend his extra time however he likes.
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march madness is in full swing. i can tell you one thing i do watch -- and i can't help myself. two things really -- are the knees. it's a common sore point for basketball players. this year the leading candidate to be the top nba draft pick went down with a torn acl. that's noel from kentucky.
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he's expected to recover, but i'm pretty sure it pretty much killed their season. this can happen to anybody. not just athletes. joining me is dr. timothy hewitt. let me get right to it. for an athlete, for anyone, to what extent can you prevent these injuries? >> there are random trials demonstrating you can reduce the risk of acl injury in the range of 60 to 65%. perhaps two-thirds of the injuries are preventable. >> i imagine they try to do these types of exercises. what are the exercises? are these things people can do at home? >> yes, they are. the exercises basically address four neuro muscular imbalances. ligament damage. as you were saying earlier, the knees and hips collapsing in together. so the first step is to just
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educate the player to not allow their knees to collapse together and greater hip control. also, athletes tend to be quadriceps dominant. the big muscle on the front of the thigh. so we turn on the posterior chain turn on the pose tier yor complex. players tend to be lig dominant, they favor one to another. >> you also say whether an athlete or someone at home is more at risk, what would they look for are my knees going to be a problem? >> basically there are four simple tests. first is drop off a foot-high box, go into a maximum vertical jump and with a cell phone, simple video measure, look at the knees the distance between the knee joints just before landing and look at max mall collapse. if that distance is less than
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happen than it was just before prior to landing, you are at relative increased risk. the second test is to look at the relative strength of the hamstrings and quad ceps. if they're less than 50% as strong, you may be at increased risk. the third test is to look at leg asymmetry. we do an x-hop test, put an x on the floor and hop in the quadrants in all directions, forward, back ward, diagonally. and look at the relative number of touch downs one leg versus the other. if you're one or more deficient in any of those tests, you may be at increased risk. >> last question, more for my wife, she asks about this all the time, are women's knees more at risk than men? >> depending on which articles you read, somewhere between two and ten times more at risk of tearing their acl and
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interestingly also of having anterior knee pain than boys and men. what we've shown in women is that these exercises are especially effective. >> great advice, doctor, thank you for joining us. >> thank you so much. energy drinks are loaded with stimulants. and we've told you that there are health concerns about these. well, this week one company, monster, said it is revamping its labels to include caffeine content. in part that's because they decided to market the drink as a plain old beverage, no longer a dietary supplement. about 180 milligrams of caffeine in a 16-ounce can. for context that's more than triple what's in a coke. the big can incidentally 24 ounces has about the same as a medium starbucks. we know caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, it can raise your blood pressure, cause irregular heart rhythms as well, some people will be more susceptible but most people will
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be just fine. monster warns susceptible people to avoid the product and warns away children and pregnant women. the fda hasn't said any product was responsible for any deaths or health issues for that matter. top stories just minutes away. also coming up, the danger in the medicine cabinet. i'm going to reveal the biggest source of trouble. ♪
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chasing life today, a warning. a new report that finds every
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eight minutes a young child goes to the emergency room for poisoning, usually from medicine in the home. we have a pediatrician here in atlanta who deals with these poisoning. in full disclosure, she takes care of my kids as well. thanks for joining us. one of the things i found in this report is guests in your home. >> right. your house could be perfectly child proof, but if somebody comes in, they can wreck that balance. say i come and visit and i have a purse and i set it on the floor or table or chair, a child could easily get into that. you have to remember to close everything up and put it up and out of the reach of a child. >> and you're often distracted a little bit. >> you are. you're so glad to see people and out of your routine. >> right. other worries? >> problems with ibuprofen, tylenol, aspirin and blood pressure pills. >> those are all very common. >> trouble. >> what is the key, do you think, to try to keep the kids safe then? >> remember

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